More intelligence please, says Patel

Vancouver-based CFO of Crystal Decisions, the business intelligence software vendor sees big growth in Asia.

What is the background to the business intelligence software industry

Since the 1970s large companies have used software systems to do their transactional processing. For example, their ERP system does all the accounting within the company and inventory management. What then happens after the transaction is put into the system Well, a software company such as Oracle will sell the company a database, and all of the records pertaining to that particular transaction go into the database.

So if you think about a food company, for example. They are inputing all their orders from different grocery stores around a given region and thus have a ton of data in that database....

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